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From Hadrian Zbarcea <hzbar...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Apache Con in Africa?
Date Fri, 16 Oct 2015 22:11:30 GMT
I heard in the past year more interest in an African ApacheCon. However 
the suggested venue was somewhere closer to Europe, like Morocco. I 
suspect this is still too far away from the South African crowd, right?

Best,
Hadrian

On 10/16/2015 06:03 PM, Wyngaard, Jane R (398M-Affiliate) wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> I attended Apache Con Europe (big data and core) two weeks ago and a couple of us were
floating the idea of getting an ApacheCon Africa to happen.  We were talking South Africa
specifically given our origins but in general the continent’s awake to tech and open source
and S. Africa’s just one part.
>
> The essence of our discussions distilled down to  - make a monetary business case for
it and it could happen - so I just wanted to stick this out there so the idea could maybe
start to evolve…
>
> Reasons for it to happen:
>   - There are a bunch of apache committers in S. Africa but honestly it’s super expensive
for us to get to any ApacheCon elsewhere (flip side - it’s cheap to come to us)
>   - It’s a stunning venue!
>   - S. Africa’s the gateway to Africa in so much as importing tech is concerned (Nigeria
and others aren’t waiting for the world but are just inventing their own<http://fossfa.net/>
(Free software and open source foundation for Africa) :)
>   - There are big tech projects happening and more coming: i.e things to get involved
in / things to expose to ASF
> Eg: The Square Kilometer Array telescope <http://www.ska.ac.za/meerkat/>  or HPC
community<http://www.chpcconf.co.za/> , or Space science<http://www.sansa.org.za/earthobservation/services>
and engineering community or energy community or business
>
>
>   - And just for kicks – apparently we know how to use water powered rockets best (yesterday’s
slashdot<http://tech.slashdot.org/story/15/10/08/1639243/university-of-cape-town-team-breaks-world-water-rocketry-record>)
>
> Honestly, I’m sure others know more and better reasons than me too. Obviously we're
biased – it would benefit the S. Africa software community more than anything else  - but
also think it’d be a win for ASF community!
>
>
> Jane
>
> Other links:
> OpenSource software and small businesses conference 2016<http://www.waset.org/conference/2016/01/johannesburg/ICOSSSB>
> Banking<http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/financial/2015/07/16/nedbank-rolls-out-sas-first-big-data-service>
> openOffice supporting African Languages<http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/en/issue-no-282/computing/open-office-now-avai/en>
>
>
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